Heemeyer to Step Down as United Way President & CEO

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) announces that President & CEO, Marcy Heemeyer, is leaving her role at the end of November to accept a position with North Star Mutual Insurance Company. The UWSWMN Board of Directors will open a search for a new President & CEO in the near future. “We cannot thank Marcy enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given United Way of Southwest Minnesota and our communities over the past several years” said Amie Ascheman, UWSWMN Board Chair. “She will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, donors, volunteers and community partners. We look forward to following the success of her career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of United Way of Southwest Minnesota as we continue to unite people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities in southwest Minnesota.  Our Board of Directors holds great confidence that UWSWMN is served by dedicated staff and supported by generous donors, strong partners, and able volunteers both now and into the future.”  Ascheman and Amy Herrick, UWSWMN Board Vice Chair, will lead the Transition and Search Committee for Heemeyer’s successor.

It has been an honor to lead the United Way of Southwest Minnesota these past (almost) six years and to serve the thirty-five communities we call home. I am proud of what we have accomplished together. I am convinced that the United Way of Southwest Minnesota will continue to be an increasingly strong force in the nonprofit sector bringing innovative ideas and creating opportunities for local programs, initiatives and, most importantly, local people,” shared Heemeyer.

During Heemeyer’s time with United Way, she helped raise millions of dollars to create positive outcomes across southwest Minnesota; including setting the record for the highest campaign in the history of the organization. She guided United Way through a successful office relocation, integration of an online grant platform, launched UWSWMN’s volunteer management system, earned the Charities Review Council Seal and facilitated poverty simulation experiences across the region.  Heemeyer also served as a leader throughout the United Way system on a state and national level; currently as the State Association of Minnesota United Way’s President and as a former member of the National Professional Council; an elite group of 40 United Way executives from across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. In 2017, she was a member of the planning committee for the International Community Leaders Conference and shared her professional experience on the big screen during the general assembly. One of her most memorable United Way experiences was meeting, Dolly Parton, through her role as an affiliate and local champion for early literacy and the Imagination Library Program.  Heemeyer will assist the United Way of Southwest Minnesota as a Transition Consultant through February 1st.

For more information about the work of your local United Way, please visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.